I am discussing the introduction of basic economy flight class and how it provides a cheaper option through "decontenting", removing the customer's access to the overhead bin. However, I am not sure if "decontenting" is a proper word to use in a report. It is in no way a formal report, but I still wish to use proper diction.

  • Hi, @Skipher, welcome to ELU. Ideally, questions should reflect some initial research and/or investigation into an answer on the part of the questioner. Please indicate what research has been done, if any, regarding the word in question.
    – freeling10
    Feb 1, 2017 at 2:50
  • I'm not finding a "real" definition for "decontent". It is apparently used in the auto sales biz to mean "removing features" from an auto line, to cut costs, but I'm not sure if that's the meaning you intend.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 1, 2017 at 2:59
  • "Decontenting" has been widely used for the sales of software and video games where companies remove relevant contents and redistributing it as a separate package for additional cost.
    – Skipher
    Feb 1, 2017 at 3:08
  • Well, if it's not formal, why not just say it directly? -- screwing the consumer
    – deadrat
    Feb 1, 2017 at 4:36
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    You could use any of the following terms to describe the service offered: stripped back, pared back, simplifed or even spartan. No frills is sometimes used but the overhead baggage compartment hardly seems like a 'frill' to me so I think you need a stronger term. Personally I don't think decontenting is a good choice, not only is it an advertising buzzword that many people have not encountered I struggle to see the facilities offered by an airline as 'content' in the way that software functionality is 'content'.
    – BoldBen
    Feb 1, 2017 at 8:26

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In this context, maybe:

reducing services

Keep it simple.

  • Taylor… Frederick Winslow? Just kidding!
    – user58319
    Feb 1, 2017 at 13:21
  • A compliment, I think
    – J. Taylor
    Feb 1, 2017 at 16:59

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